bumpy

[ buhm-pee ]
/ ˈbʌm pi /

adjective, bump·i·er, bump·i·est.

of uneven surface; full of bumps: a bumpy road.
full of jolts: a bumpy ride.
causing jolts: Bumpy air shook the airplane.
having many difficulties or failures; full of ups and downs: He had a rather bumpy career before he settled down in his present job.

Nearby words

  1. bumpkinly,
  2. bumpoff,
  3. bumppo, natty,
  4. bumptious,
  5. bumptiously,
  6. bumsters,
  7. bumsucking,
  8. bun,
  9. bun foot,
  10. buna

Origin of bumpy

First recorded in 1860–65; bump + -y1

Related formsbump·i·ly, adverbbump·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for bumpy

bumpy

/ (ˈbʌmpɪ) /

adjective bumpier or bumpiest

having an uneven surfacea bumpy road
full of jolts; rougha bumpy flight
Derived Formsbumpily, adverbbumpiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for bumpy

bumpy

adj.
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